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The high-level meeting with PM Narendra Modi has decided to remove basic custom duty and health cess on oxygen and oxygen equipment for 3 months. Basic custom duty has also been removed from COVID-19 vaccines. This step was very much needed in the wake of the shortage of oxygen in the country due to the second wave of COVID-19. India crossed the highest mark of the number of cases in the world. This has been done to bring the price down to make the availability easier.
Along with these things, the government is taking other steps to increase the availability of oxygen in the country and to control the second wave of corona. The IAF is taking a flight to other countries to bring cryogenic oxygen. This is done to bridge the time gap in travel. Customs officers are also ordered for quick clearance.